What gets your creative juices flowing?
Personally, I've learned that the creative act has a wonderful multiplier effect. The more you create, the more ideas you get, the better your work becomes, the more you enjoy it, the more you create.
From my experience and listening to other creatives, I've learned that it's a good idea to create by certain principles if you want to keep those juices flowing.
Here they are, bite-sized and all:
Create something every single day (even if it's not the best thing ever)
Do it because you love it, not because they like it
Recognize the impulse to create but don't be a slave to it
Know when to immerse yourself and when to create distance (you're not your work)
When in doubt, follow joy
When stuck, do the smallest thing you can do
Never force it, you'll only stunt it
Be open to ideas in whatever form they take
Learn and experiment with boldness
Keep a record of ideas and sketches (journals are great!)
Let others creatives animate and inspire you, without trying to be them
Be a conduit—the work already exists, you're bringing it to life
Save the critique for later
Those are my principles for creating in a sustainable way. What are some of yours?